Well, Google has decided to remove reviews from anonymous users.
So, what are anonymous reviews? – Reviews that had been left by profiles marked “A Google
User”is termed as anonymous.
Google has been struggling to keep its reviews authentic for a long time and anonymous users
posed a big threat to it. So Google finally decided to remove it, all of them. Many business
owners saw a sharp drop in their business ratings and most of the negative reviews & ratings
were from anonymous users – which is a sign that either competitors or someone totally
unrelated to business were posting it, using anonymity.
When contacted, Google just gave this simple statement: “We do not allow anonymous
reviews today and we’ve removed legacy anonymous reviews.”
If you have lost reviews that were NOT from “A Google User”, possible reasons could be:
• Having paid for or incentivized reviews, either directly or via an unethical marketer.
• Getting too many reviews at once.
• URLs, prohibited language, or other objectionable content in the body of reviews.
• Reviewing yourself, or having employees (past or present) do so.
• Reviews were left from the same IP address.
• The use of review strategies/software that prohibit negative reviews or selectively solicit
• Any other violation of Google’s review guidelines.
Since reviews and rating affect your business rankings in Google, it’s crucial to keep them
authentic. One way to do this is to use our proprietary review widget.
It’s a small piece of code which is placed on your website and helps you get positive reviews
on Google, Yelp, and Facebook. In addition, it helps to filter out negative reviews too, thus
ensuring a positive experience to website users. Need more details? Please connect with our
sales rep at firstname.lastname@example.org
Josué Oliveras Pérez is the SEO specialist & lead web designer at Humble Fox Media. He has helped many local businesses with their digital marketing needs for more than 3 years. In his off time, you can find him tasting some local beers around Gig Harbor, WA. Or searching for music from the 90’s at a vinyl record shop near you.